While Jodi successfully beat breast cancer five years ago, she learned in August that she had acute myeloid leukemia, a rare but known side effect of her previous chemotherapy.
Bill was diagnosed with advanced melanoma in 2011, and his cancer recurred in the spring of 2012. After exhausting his treatment options locally, he enrolled in a trial at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, and he continues to be followed by a team of specialists there.
With both parents in treatment simultaneously, friends and relatives have stepped forward to help with daily needs. These have included staying with their children, Cassie and Blake, accompanying Jodi and Bill to doctors' appointments, organizing a bone marrow drive, visiting them during their hospital stays, running errands, supporting them with cards and gift cards, and providing rides for Cassie and Blake. Cassie is a sophomore at Eden Prairie High School and is a hockey goalie for the school team as well as local club teams. Blake is a 6th grader at Minnetonka Middle School East and is a member of the Boy Scouts, participates in the Eden Prairie Soccer Club, and takes music lessons.
Jodi is not able to work at this time, and Bill's capacity to do so is limited. All the while, their expenses continue to mount. Once evidence of Jodi's cancer is gone, she will undergo a bone marrow transplant and hospitalizations at the University of Minnesota. Bill will continue to make regular trips to the NIH for close monitoring and follow up of his treatment.
Our Magical Gala
Over six hundred friends, family, and community members stopped by on a Sunday afternoon to wish us the best. You can experience this massive outpouring of support through this video produced by Mark Anderson.
Angels are all around us.
In an interview on WCCO-TV (Channel 4, Minneapolis), we express our gratitude for all the love and support that we received from friends, family, and the community.